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Plans for a Bright Future

In the City of Aventura, our Planning & Zoning Division:

  • Collects available demographic and economic data about the City and region
  • Maintains development records and plans
  • Prepares reports and plans for the City Commission, City Departments and other governmental agencies
  • Interprets land use regulations for city staff and landowners
  • Issues recommendations on requests for development petitions

The City's 20-year Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the City Commission in December 1998 and approved by the state in February 1999. This master plan is reviewed and updated once every seven years. The last update was in April, 2010.

To obtain a hard copy of the Plan, contact the Community Development Department at 305-466-8940, or download and print the Comprehensive Plan (PDF).

What Zoning Is

Zoning entails the regulation of land uses and buildings in three ways:

  • Controlling what a given parcel of land or district may be used for
  • Regulating the form a building can take: how high it can be, how big, how close to the property line, etc.
  • What type of supporting infrastructure and amenities must be provided: how many parking spaces, driveways or sidewalks; the amount and type of landscaping; the provision of adequate and efficient water and sewer lines; etc.

Download the City of Aventura Zoning Map (PDF).

The City of Aventura adopted its own Land Development Regulations (LDRs) in July 1999, which contains procedures, regulations and standards for all development and use of land and water in the City. The newly adopted LDRs serve as the primary tool used to implement the goals and objectives of the City's Comprehensive Plan. To view the City's LDRs, visit municode.com.

Determining if Your Property is in a Flood Zone

Most areas within the City have been designated "Special Flood Hazard Areas" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Federal law requires the purchase of flood insurance if your home is located in one of these areas. The City can review the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) prepared by FEMA to determine if your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area for insurance purposes. Call the Community Development Department at 305-466-8940. You may also contact the National Flood Insurance Program at 800-638-6620 for more information.